Sunday, March 30, 2008
I already do it anyway, so why not make it a full-time job? :)
Thursday, March 27, 2008
As a self-proclaimed bibliophile, I know how irritating it can be to have someone tell you that you need to put a book down and "do something". What, exactly, could be better than traveling, whether through time, space, or relationships? Chit-chatting and small talk? Watching the same mindless television show over and over? But to those who don't read, they will never "get it." I'm doing something and it's far preferable to most anything else I could think of doing.
Such is the premise of Alan Bennett's wonderful novella, The Uncommon Reader. Queen Elizabeth II discovers a love for reading late in life and her new passion is more than puzzling to those around her. To we bibliophiles, it's how we live, but to her family, government, and staff, it's time-consuming and pointless (not to mention the fact that it makes many of them feel unintelligent). Delightfully British, this witty tale takes us through QEII's reading repetoire and leads her to the ultimate conclusion (which I won't divulge here). While I personally had hoped for a bit of a different ending, I am pleased overall and can highly, highly recommend this short sweet book to all my book-loving friends. Pick it up. You're going to love it.
My amazon review is found at http://tinyurl.com/25tp3v.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
I admit it...I like vampires (or even vampyres, as they are called here). I'd picked this young adult novel up a while ago, and to get myself to read it sooner, I added it to my young adult challenge for 2008. I'm glad I picked it up; not much like Twilight, it is still an interesting take on the whole vampire theme.
At first I wasn't sure if I'd like this one; I almost gave up on it around the 100 page mark. I have lots of nitpicky reasons for not initially getting into the book, but thankfully the action picked up around the midway point and I was eagerly turning the pages by the last few chapters. While it's nowhere near the caliber of Twilight, it turned out to be enough fun that I'm sure I'll look for the next two in the series. I need the answers to a few questions.
My amazon review is found at http://tinyurl.com/2l2tl4. I wavered between 3 and 4 stars, but ultimately decided that I did enjoy it enough that it deserved the bump.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Saturday, March 08, 2008
One thing I forgot to add in my amazon review is a pet peeve of mine: the dream sequence. Please, please, all you authors out there, stop using a dream as a forewarning device! No one ever has dreams that are SO obviously portents of doom, and no one has such detailed symbolism. It's an eye-roller for me. Yes, your characters can have a bad dream, and yes, the dream can even incorporate some of their "awake" problems, but good heavens, find some other way to show us that there is something dreadful in the offing other than hitting me over the head with a dream. Please.